L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS continues tonight - Celebrated Italian firm that enjoys the Vatican's favour to present "Curtains of Light"



    MONTREAL, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Often chosen in the past by the Vatican
to mark important birthdays such as those of the late John Paul II and the
Swiss Guards, Italian pyrotechnics firm Pirotecnica Morsani S.R.L. will
perform "Curtains of Light" tonight as the 2008 International des Feux
Loto-Québec presented by TELUS continues. The celebrated Roman company will be
making its first appearance at Montreal's annual international fireworks
competition.
    Pirotecnica Morsani S.R.L., which can be said to benefit from a papal
benediction, began operations in 1880 and has all along been a true family
affair. Three generations of Morsanis following in the footsteps of founder
Reginaldo have kept the firm at the pyrotechnics forefront while respecting an
ancestral tradition of doing things a certain way and presenting fireworks
spectaculars in a distinctive Italian style.
    During Pirotecnica Morsani's original "Curtains of Light" presentation,
which begins at 10 p.m., a thousand pyrotechnic pieces will gracefully
interweave with a stirring soundtrack ranging from film music to operatic
scores. The traditional and the modern will artfully complement one another
both in the fireworks design and in the accompanying musical selections
consisting of Disney tunes and film music from The Fifth Element, Chicago and
Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as music from the renowned Rossini's
traditional operas Scala di Seta and La Gazza Ladra.
    Pirotecnica Morsani S.R.L. arrives in Montreal with its self-designed
pyrotechnic pieces, meaning that everything to be launched from Lac des
Dauphins tomorrow evening was made in the province of Rieti. Who better than
the Romans themselves to design what the entire international fireworks
community calls "Roman candles"?
    Artistic director Telesforo Morsani promises special effects in the form
of highly luminous colours that will light up the sky for long moments. "These
Curtains of Light will have something very baroque about them and you can
expect a very festive, very Italian finale!" he said. Excerpts from the
interview he granted L'International des feux are available at
www.internationaldesfeuxlotoquebec.com, which also contains the list of the
eight musical selections to be heard at La Ronde during the performance.

    Celebrate Italy in a feast of FIATs!

    Throughout the day tomorrow, visitors to La Ronde can celebrate Italy as
they admire a dozen or so collectors' cars produced by FIAT, one of the
country's national treasures and sources of pride. These beautiful vehicles
will be displayed near La Ronde's main entrance. What better way to get in the
festive spirit while waiting for the fireworks than feasting your eyes on
these Italian creations?

    Quebec artists associated with 24th edition of event

    Throughout L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS,
personalities from the Quebec artistic community will be closely associated
with the prestigious competition. This week, Mario Pelchat will be the patron
of honour, while Véronique Cloutier will serve as the evening's host on
105,7 Rythme FM.

    Technical details and ticket sales

    All of the performances associated with L'International des Feux
Loto-Québec presented by TELUS begin at 10:00 p.m., regardless of the weather.
On evenings when a fireworks display is scheduled, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge
is closed to automobile traffic from 8:00 p.m. until after the performance.
Reserved tickets can be purchased at La Ronde on the day of the event (the
entry fee includes unlimited access to rides and attractions on the site
throughout the day) or through the Admission network via their website
(www.admission.com) or by telephone, at 514-790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595
(toll-free). For information concerning corporate and group rates, contact the
La Ronde sales office by phone, at 514-397-7777, or by e-mail, at
ventes@laronde.com.

    Partners

    L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS would like to
extend its sincere appreciation to its valued sponsors and partners for their
immeasurable support in terms of producing and publicizing this event: title
sponsor Loto-Québec; presenter sponsor TELUS; associate sponsors ministère du
Tourisme and the SAQ; official broadcaster 105.7 Rythme FM; and partners TVA,
Le Journal de Montréal, the Marriott Château Champlain, Belle Gueule, and
Agropur Division Fromages Fins.

    About Six Flags: La Ronde is owned by Six Flags Inc., the largest
grouping of amusement parks in the world, operating 21 parks in the United
States, Canada, and Mexico. Six Flags Inc. is a publicly traded company
(NYSE:   SIX) based in New York




For further information:

For further information: Martin Roy, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde,
Member of the Six Flags Family, Office: (514) 397-2001, ext. 2703,
mroy@sftp.com


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